Resilient and Adaptable Roof System Design

2 modules


Course Length
1 hour

Self- Paced

$95 - 145


This presentation initially took place at the 2020 Building Enclosure Symposium.

Weather events are trending to be more destructive. Sustainability focuses on roofing products’ effects on the future; resilience focuses on roofing assemblies’ ability to endure. But how do we adapt roof system designs for an unpredictable climate and energy future in the US and globally?

Long-term building performance necessitates an inherent and essential capacity to design for resilience in the face of vulnerability, and buildings that can adapt to the changing environments in which they were built. What do resilient and adaptive buildings look like, how do they behave, and how do we design for this belt-and-suspenders approach that requires such elasticity? And what role does roof selection and design play?

Learning Objectives:

Understand current trends and identify best practice approaches

Incorporate concepts into roof system design for 22nd century performance

Discuss design considerations including wind uplift resistance, water management, and rooftop energy generation and storage

Review resilient design resources

Jennifer Keegan, AAIA

GAF | Parsippany, NJ

Jennifer Keegan is the director of building and roofing science for GAF, focusing on overall roof system design and performance. She has over 20 years of experience as a building enclosure consultant specializing in assessment, design, and remediation of building enclosure systems. Keegan provides technical leadership within the industry as the chair of the ASTM D08.22 Roofing and Waterproofing Subcommittee, and the education chair for IIBEC; and as an advocate for women within the industry as an executive board member of National Women in Roofing and a board member of Women in Construction.

James R. Kirby, AIA

GAF | Wilmette, IL

James R. Kirby is a GAF building and roofing science architect with a masters of architecture (structures option) degree. He has over 25 years of experience in the roofing industry covering low-slope, steep-slope, metal, SPF, vegetative, and rooftop photovoltaics. He understands the effects of heat, air, and moisture on a roof system. Kirby presents building and roofing science information to architects, consultants, and building owners, and writes articles and blogs for building owners, facility managers, and the roofing industry at large. Kirby is a member of AIA, ASTM, ICC, IIBEC, NRCA, and WSRCA.


By completing/passing this course, you will attain the certificate Certificate with IIBEC and AIA Logos

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Resilient and Adaptable Roof System Design - Recording
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